Cibi Lake in Eryuan County, Dali
Chinese Name: 洱源县茈碧湖
Chinese Pinyin: Eryuan Xian Cibi Hu
English Name: Cibi Lake in Eryuan County, Dali
Type: lake, natural landscape
Opening Hours: all day
Recommended Visiting Hours: 1-3 hours
Location: northeast of Eryuan County, Dali
Cibi Lake(茨碧湖), named after the Cibi Flower in lake, is a natural freshwater lake formed by erosion depression on the plateau. It is one of the main lakes in the upper reaches of the Erhai Sea and the source of the Erhai Sea. It has an ares of 7.86 square kilometers. Cibi Flower, which is abundant in the lake and floating on the lake, belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae(睡莲科). Cibi Flower will boom in July and August, but only for half hour after sun rising and afternoon. Under the sunshine, they are like the shining trees grow from water.
Where is Cibi Lake?
Cibi Lake is located in northeast of Eryuan County in Dali, Yunnan Province. It is 3 km from the county seat of Eryuan, 58 km from Shibao Mountain Scenic Area of Jianchuan and 73 km from Dali.
According to the legend, there was a beautiful and competent girl beside the Cibi Lake, who was good at embroidering the lotus. The Dragon King wanted to marry her and sent his army to Cibi Lake. The girl heard of it and left by a small boat. Floating on the lake, she threw her embroidery lotus to the lake. For a while, the booming Cibi Flower scattered on the lake. Then, the girl jumped into the lake. Local people hold the Haideng Fair for commemorating her every year.
There are many scholars and temples in Cibi Town, also the poems and couplets. Cibi enjoys the splendid culture, especially the Patron God Culture. Cibi Town is known as the Town of Suona Horn(唢呐之乡). Local people will have Suona performance in diverse counties.
Liyuan (Pear Blossom) Village
Liyuan (Pear Blossom) Village(梨园村) is surrounded by mountains in three sides and Cibi Lake. Like the paradise in the poem of Tao Yuanming. Isolated with the metropolis, it can give you the idyllic life. Thousands of old pear trees stand in the village. The village is in the shade of thousands of trees. There are 108 families in village, living on breeding cows and tourism. The peaceful and happy life here attract lots of tourists.
Useful Travel Tips
Cibi Flower will boom in July and August, so travelers had better to visit Cibi Lake from July to August.
Travelers can bargin for the fare of motor and cruise ship.
When the weather is fine in Dali, the sunshine is heated, and ultraviolet light is strong. People should avoid direct sunlight, and the sun hat preparation is required during outdoor activities, a pair of sunglasses will make you comfortable in the trip.
There are basic facilities for tourists. Travelers can enjoy the meal in the restaurant built on the lake.